Gauteng's John Moodey not running for top DA job

2015-04-23 14:07
The DA's John Moodey (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

The DA's John Moodey (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance's Gauteng leader John Moodey has decided not to run for the party's national leadership position.

"This morning I tore up my nomination form at breakfast, my family supports me wholeheartedly," he told News24 on Thursday.

He said his decision was strategic as it would enable him to continue spending time with his family and focus on regional matters.

"I believe my focus and attention should be to the metros and municipalities because then I can contribute to the wider vision of the Democratic Alliance... and give South Africans hope."

Current party leader Helen Zille announced on April 12 that she would not be standing for re-election as the party's leader.

Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane accepted his nomination for the position at the party's Western Cape provincial congress on Saturday.

Moodey said making the decision was not easy.

"It was a very agonising decision to take but at the same time a person had to be very mature about this.

"What is it that I want to achieve? Should my focus go national, I would lose out on family time and move my focus from Gauteng," he said.

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